Large Munsterlander

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The Full Large Munsterlander Description

Indicative Breed Standard


General Appearance

Alert and energetic, with strong muscular body, having good movement with drive.


Multi-purpose gundog, ideal for the rough shooter. Excellent nose, staying power, and works equally well on land and in water. A keen worker, easily taught.


Loyal, affectionate and trustworthy.

Head and Skull

Well proportioned to body, elongated. Skull sufficiently broad, slightly rounded, with no pronounced occiput. Strong jaw muscles, well formed black nose, wide soft nostrils, slight rise from the nasal bone to the forehead but no pronounced stop. Lips slightly rounded, and well fitting.


Intelligent, medium size, dark brown, not deep-set or protruding. No haw showing.


Broad and set high, lying flat and close to the head, with a rounded tip. Hair on the ears should be long, extending beyond the tip.


Strong and sound, with well developed teeth, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.


Strong, muscular, slightly arched, joining the shoulder and chest smoothly.


Chest, wide and with good depth of brisket. Shoulders laid well back, forelegs straight, pasterns strong.


Firm strong back, short-coupled, slightly higher at the shoulders, sloping smoothly towards the croup and tail. Wide, well muscled loin. Wide croup. Ribs well sprung, deep and reaching well up to the loins. Taut abdomen, slightly tucked up.


Hips broad. Well muscled thighs, well turned stifles, hocks well let down. Dewclaws should be removed.


Tight, moderately rounded and well knuckled with dense hair between the toes, well padded. Strong nails.


Docked: Docking of tip of tail optional
Undocked: Well set on, in line with the back. Base thick, tapering evenly towards the tip, well feathered. It should be carried horizontally or curved slightly upwards.


Free, long-striding, springy gait.


Hair long and dense, but not curly or coarse. Well feathered on front and hindlegs and on tail, more so in dogs than in bitches. Hair must lie short and smooth on the head.


Head solid black, white blaze, snip or star allowed. Body white or blue roan with black patches, flecked, ticked, or combination of these.


Height: dogs: 60-65 cms (231/2-251/2 ins); bitches 58-63 cms (23-25 ins).

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